From the publisher: It’s back and the fear has grown! GURPS Horror, Fourth Edition, is the latest incarnation of one of the most popular GURPS supplements . GURPS Horror is a sourcebook for GURPS. The first edition was published in game Nightmares of Mine. The Fourth Edition was released in Sep 14, compare new and used books for GURPS Horror 4th Edition (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System), , using the.
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Luckily, I have had the pleasure of meeting Kenneth Hite, albeit briefly and in passing, at a convention only a short time ago. He was engaging, intelligent, and knowledgeable about things most people find horrific with a particularly keen interest in Lovecraft. I could think of few other game designers and authors better suited to write a game of horror.
Even though I found myself quite daunted at the thought of reviewing a Steve Jackson Games product, I was not disappointed and from the first few lines my attention was transfixed while my horro whirled with the possibilities of my own fear-filled campaigns. After a brief explanation on why players need to remain mindful of their fears, G: H jumps into character creation.
Going beyond simple numbers or hastily jotted notes, Hite actually seems to endorse players giving quite a bit of thought about their characters backgrounds. He continues on and lists major character concepts and hooks, breaking those down further into specific ideas.
With each idea, a corresponding page is given so that the player can find the proper advantage or disadvantage. After a short description on character development, G: H then brings up the subject of motivation. Hite also suggests an extremely close collaboration between the game master and the players during the character creation process and in regards to a horror campaign I would agree with him. H is based around customizing your character to your desires for a particular game or genre.
In this case it is, of course, horror, in all its many forms. One of the main perks of GURPS is the near complete control a player has over his characters over-all build. A character can be basically anything the player is able imagine, and the gm allows. Character creation is covered in Chapter 1 of the book, though the core book will be needed. The list of examples that Hite included in G: H was exemplary and ranged from the average nobody, to the psychic, to the paranormal investigator, and on.
Leaving very little, if anything, not covered as a playable aspect. The archetypes can then be built up, modified, or otherwise formatted even further to the desires of an individual player. It should be noted that each type of player-character has its benefits and hindrances, and will process the monstrous events around them differently. This is one of the many reasons why the book suggests that the game master and player work closely at the beginning of the game so that the correct characters are built and will prove both useful and exciting to use.
In the second chapter, Hite does a supreme job of covering every imaginable aspect of horror, revealing the depth of his knowledge on the subject. As with any game of horror, fear is the main component that a game master will use to weave a story to immerse his or her players in. Building the overwhelming dread that is pervasive in all the various dark novels, movies, and myths that exist is left up the game master.
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Yet, he or she is not alone or left wandering blind as they guurps out to either annihilate or scare the bejeebers out of the editioon at the table before them. Again, just as with character creation, Hite does a resounding job of including examples for each fright filled plot possibility.
With the third chapter, Hite explains how to build the structure of a story. Here, is where I quickly became bogged down in my reading of this book. Not because it was poorly written or ill-conceived, but because it was outstanding. He includes a short list of common themes, even mentioning one of my personal favorites. This is followed by a section on how to build a proper antagonist, the arch-fiend that shall battle a game masters players, and how to make a campaign as difficult yet still conquerable as a game master believes viable.
As I mentioned, there are a few books you will need and several that would be handy. In addition to those titles, there is a smattering of books that are suggested but not mandatory which include: Cabal, but each suggestion editkon just that, a suggestion. Including them will not make or break a game, and although the bulk of these books are still only available in the 3rd edition format they are easily crossed with horor edition G: The fourth chapter covers how a game master can stoke the feelings of fright a player should yorror and how to include elements of horror into other games.
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It is also in this chapter that the victim is described, and how to make them sympathetic enough for a cadre of players to save and care about. Evil game masters, and honestly.
Its not very long, but properly used, it will tug at those heart-strings of the players. While I read these I could not help but cackle to myself with sadistic glee as the various possibilities ran through my head for their use. Chapter five is a listing of campaign ideas to spark the imaginations of the game master.
Need I say it again? I suppose I should, it was another chapter of delight for the reader. The premises listed were varied enough to keep a party busy for many many months. From werewolves to martians, and all that lies between them, Hite firmly plants dozens of concepts for use.
Horror was simply an outstandingly written piece of role-playing material with broader implications than just GURPS. Kudos to the writer and editor.
H includes so many examples and possible twists that a crafty GM can run for years Writing: Click here to cancel reply. Mail will not be published required.
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